Billboard #1 Hits: #639: ‘Here I Go Again’- Whitesnake. October 10, 1987. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: ‘Here I Go Again’- Whitesnake
- Record Company- Geffen
- Genre: Rock
- Written by David Coverdale and Bernie Marsden
- Time: 5:09
- b-side: ‘Bloody Luxury”
- Album- Saints & Sinners
- Grade: C-
- Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #9 in UK Singles Chart. #1 in Canada.
Recorded in 1982 by Whitesnake- and it wasn’t a hit until it was re-recorded 5 years later. Hard to believe this was a #1 hit. One of the worst concerts I’ve ever been to- the girl I was seeing at the time wanted to see them so- I bought the tickets and we went- it was bloody awful. Certainly not the worst concert I’ve been to that honor goes to another concert I didn’t want to go to- Kenny G- [Michael Bolton’s younger brother] a couple years later. At least it was G by himself and not on the infamous ‘Brothers’ Tour he did with Michael.
Which one came first? The boring rock version or the radio “edit” one, with the different drum sequence and background singers?
Yep, this is one of the worst, most mediocre #1 hits of the 20th century. Is Kenny G really Michael Bolton’s brother?
I can think of plenty of #1 songs of the 20th Century that are worse than this one. And no, Kenny G is not related to Michael Bolton. Hans just hates them both, so lumps them together.
I might put that infamous Starship “We Built this City” and the super-duo superdud “Black and White” a bit below this one among #1 hits… but to me, it’s right up there. But obviously they had a whole lot of fans who felt differently!
In looking over the #1 hits of 1987- there were 29- there may be ten that I’d ever want to hear again. Overall a sorry lot.
But at least the song had good insightful lyrics – “Like a drifter I was born to walk alone.” 🤮